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The Mega-Pentagon: A Bush-Enabled Monster We Can't Stop

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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 06:27 AM
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The Mega-Pentagon: A Bush-Enabled Monster We Can't Stop


www.alternet.org

when the countdown ends and George W. Bush vacates the Oval Office, he will leave a legacy to contend with. Certainly, he wills to his successor a world marred by war and battered by deprivation, but perhaps his most enduring legacy is now deeply embedded in Washington-area politics -- a Pentagon metastasized almost beyond recognition.

The Pentagon's massive bulk-up these last seven years will not be easily unbuilt, no matter who dons the presidential mantle on January 19, 2009. "The Pentagon" is now so much more than a five-sided building across the Potomac from Washington or even the seat of the Department of Defense. In many ways, it defies description or labeling.
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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 06:27 AM
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A very interesting article that shows the true cost of the US military, not just in monetary terms but also how it affects the country for many years to come.

It's all very well creating a monster, but then you need something to do with it - and once let loose, it's never easy to get it back in it's cage.

The budget for US armed forces is many times that of whole countries in other parts of the world - and here's the kicker:
In order to justify the spending, they HAVE to attack other nations, they HAVE to have war - otherwise their budget would be cut.

www.alternet.org
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on May, 28 2008 @ 07:55 AM
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I'm just part way into tackling this monster of an article you found, but this certainly paints a picture...


As New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has pointed out, if a stack of bills roughly six inches high is worth $1 million; then, a $1 billion stack would be as tall as the Washington Monument, and a $1 trillion stack would be 95 miles high. And note that none of these war-fighting funds are even counted as part of the annual military budget, but are raised from Congress in the form of "emergency supplementals" a few times a year.


And you pointed out,

In order to justify the spending, they HAVE to attack other nations, they HAVE to have war - otherwise their budget would be cut.
Just like we know all other programs are run... but I've just never considered that aspect to apply to the military budget.

Probably because it makes sense, to me, to just keep funding them anyway, and if there is extra, that's fine. It gets set aside... saved... as it may be needed later; opposed to forcing its use. But, I'm sorry... that just makes sense and there is currently none in our current system of Gov't.



posted on May, 28 2008 @ 08:21 AM
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The issue of the structure of the Pentagon is crucial here. The problem is that the political parties, overrun and infiltrated by commercial and financial masters, has converted the 'foundation' of the organization.

Once it was a complex to house the integrated functions of military operations conducted for the interests of the United States. This included strategic planning, as well as operational execution.

Now it is a clearing house for expense management.

We actually have contractors and businessmen running our country's most vital security functions, instead of the military people sworn to uphold the principles we are so proud of. These are the folks behind the think tanks, and 'institutes' and 'foundations' that 'steer' our policy makers. They are everywhere you wouldn't want a profiteer to be. ESPECIALLY the Pentagon!

They have convinced the American representatives (through persuasive arguments in the forms of gifts and considerations for future employment - family employment, the 'high-life' *ahem* and virtually every other schmoozing technique in their arsenal) that military personnel are meant for fighting and dying, while THEY should be in charge back home.

So look at our institutions like the VA, DoD, (never mind FCC, FDA, EPA, DoE, NASA, etc) are rotting from within as they are 'squeezed' commercially for every cent they can funnel out of the system and into the profiteers pockets.

Where is the surprise here? Get the political appointees OUT of the 'business' of government! The Pentagon CAN be restored to its original purpose and retain its' viability as a servant of the people - as long as 'business' is REMOVED from within.



posted on May, 28 2008 @ 09:32 AM
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Indeed, Max! Well put!

Remove those who take an oath of allegiance to this country and one can then do anything!
A business/corporation pledges not to a nation but to profits/stockholders. Maximize profits, not democracy or the good functions of gov't.

"Civil servant" has been demeaned, replaced by CEO. "Shrinking the size of gov't" is a bogus cry, when it means sweep out civil servants and replace them with businessmen. The money only trades hands.



posted on May, 28 2008 @ 09:43 AM
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Yep---The Corporatization and Privatization of our gov and military is pretty much complete. Like John Cusack said, they're using these militaristic agendas like a giant ATM machine, and we're the ones holding the tab for it. It is absolutely stomach turning.



posted on May, 28 2008 @ 10:06 AM
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The politisization of any government agency is never a good thing, as these people ALWAYS put their own welfare and enrichment ahead of the good of the country.

The procurement process is probably a good example of this, where billions are wasted and end up in the pockets of those who play the system.

Personally, I think ANY military organisation should be run by the operators, and be run FOR them, rather than by bean counters who know only how to maximise profit for the companies they represent.

[edit on 28/5/2008 by budski]



posted on May, 28 2008 @ 11:59 AM
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Just to get some perspective on this, the government is using taxpayers money to fund wars that very few want, whilst at the same time making their cohorts extremely rich.

It matters not a jot to these people that fine, patriotic americans are sent off to die because they care only about keeping the gravy train running.

It's now become a monster that feeds on the blood of those on the frontline - more casualties equals more money equals more profits.

Meanwhile, there are people dying from lack of healthcare, college students spend years paying off their debts and homeless people freeze to death in the winter.

And all so that the money can keep pouring in for those in charge.



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